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What tools to buy?

philips size 1 and 2 (the + shaped ones)

big flathead (mine's 5.5mm but there's some margin in possibilities there)

small flathead (3mm, same margin as before)

and some universal pliers

 

those should be all you need to get everythign sorted, there's probably an endless list of "creature comfort" things you can add, but this is somewhat the basics for just about anything you'll encounter in computer building.

 

oh, and please, get magnetic screwdrivers if you can, that's the one creature comfort that i'd value above the others.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi there,

 

I'm still new so not 100% sure this is in the right place, but I'm planning my first build and I've started buying parts.

I wanted to know if there are any absolute musts when it comes to any particular screwdrivers or other tools when building that I need to buy.

Thanks!

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No, there's no need for special tools. Just a regular Phillips head screwdriver (for screws with X or + shape) which you should have around the house would be enough.

 

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a philips head screwdriver and thats about it


I spent $2500 on building my PC and all i do with it is play no games atm & watch anime at 1080p(finally)...

Builds:

The Toaster Project! Northern Bee!

 

The original LAN PC build log! (Old, dead and replaced by The Toaster Project & 5.0)

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"Here is some advice that might have gotten lost somewhere along the way in your life. 

 

#1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

#2. It's best to keep your mouth shut; and appear to be stupid, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

#3. There is nothing "wrong" with being wrong. Learning from a mistake can be more valuable than not making one in the first place.

 

Follow these simple rules in life, and I promise you, things magically get easier. " - MageTank 31-10-2016

 

 

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philips size 1 and 2 (the + shaped ones)

big flathead (mine's 5.5mm but there's some margin in possibilities there)

small flathead (3mm, same margin as before)

and some universal pliers

 

those should be all you need to get everythign sorted, there's probably an endless list of "creature comfort" things you can add, but this is somewhat the basics for just about anything you'll encounter in computer building.

 

oh, and please, get magnetic screwdrivers if you can, that's the one creature comfort that i'd value above the others.

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I carry an iFixit toolkit with me, always had everything I've needed and more.


Desktop: i7 7700K @ 4.7Ghz, 16GB DDR4, Cooler Master H80i v2, 500GB M.2 SSD, Fractal Focus G *white* case, Gigabyte 1080 8GB

Laptop: EVGA SC17 1070: i7 6820HK, GTX 1070, 32GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 4K Gysnc panel

Laptop: Eluktronics Mech 15 G2, i7 8750H, 1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 480GB Nvme SSD, 144hz panel  

 

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
7 minutes ago, mariushm said:

No, there's no need for special tools. Just a regular Phillips head screwdriver (for screws with X or + shape) which you should have around the house would be enough.

 

 

5 minutes ago, Bananasplit_00 said:

a philips head screwdriver and thats about it

Thanks!

4 minutes ago, manikyath said:

philips size 1 and 2 (the + shaped ones)

big flathead (mine's 5.5mm but there's some margin in possibilities there)

small flathead (3mm, same margin as before)

and some universal pliers

 

those should be all you need to get everythign sorted, there's probably an endless list of "creature comfort" things you can add, but this is somewhat the basics for just about anything you'll encounter in computer building.

 

oh, and please, get magnetic screwdrivers if you can, that's the one creature comfort that i'd value above the others.

Thanks that's a great help :)

3 minutes ago, Theguywhobea said:

I carry an iFixit toolkit with me, always had everything I've needed and more.

I was looking at those yeah :)

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5 minutes ago, Theguywhobea said:

I carry an iFixit toolkit with me, always had everything I've needed and more.

are the ifixit tips wear-resistant? i seem to strip out cheaper kits every time i touch them :P

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2 minutes ago, manikyath said:

are the ifixit tips wear-resistant? i seem to strip out cheaper kits every time i touch them :P

They're not excellent and the chrome chips off quickly but I haven't had any of them round off or anything.


Desktop: i7 7700K @ 4.7Ghz, 16GB DDR4, Cooler Master H80i v2, 500GB M.2 SSD, Fractal Focus G *white* case, Gigabyte 1080 8GB

Laptop: EVGA SC17 1070: i7 6820HK, GTX 1070, 32GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 4K Gysnc panel

Laptop: Eluktronics Mech 15 G2, i7 8750H, 1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 480GB Nvme SSD, 144hz panel  

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, manikyath said:

philips size 1 and 2 (the + shaped ones)

big flathead (mine's 5.5mm but there's some margin in possibilities there)

small flathead (3mm, same margin as before)

and some universal pliers

 

those should be all you need to get everythign sorted, there's probably an endless list of "creature comfort" things you can add, but this is somewhat the basics for just about anything you'll encounter in computer building.

 

oh, and please, get magnetic screwdrivers if you can, that's the one creature comfort that i'd value above the others.

how do you even make use of all this...


I spent $2500 on building my PC and all i do with it is play no games atm & watch anime at 1080p(finally)...

Builds:

The Toaster Project! Northern Bee!

 

The original LAN PC build log! (Old, dead and replaced by The Toaster Project & 5.0)

Spoiler

"Here is some advice that might have gotten lost somewhere along the way in your life. 

 

#1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

#2. It's best to keep your mouth shut; and appear to be stupid, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

#3. There is nothing "wrong" with being wrong. Learning from a mistake can be more valuable than not making one in the first place.

 

Follow these simple rules in life, and I promise you, things magically get easier. " - MageTank 31-10-2016

 

 

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Just now, Theguywhobea said:

They're not excellent and the chrome chips off quickly but I haven't had any of them round off or anything.

yeah.. that souns like the kind of bits i'd ruin on an afternoon :P

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Just now, Bananasplit_00 said:

how do you even make use of all this...

size 2 philips does all the big screwing

size 1 philips is mostly for SSDs, and smaller stuff

 

the flatheads have a double job as pry tools, and the occasional flathead screw you will encounter

 

the pliers.. serve many functions.

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4 minutes ago, manikyath said:

size 2 philips does all the big screwing

size 1 philips is mostly for SSDs, and smaller stuff

 

the flatheads have a double job as pry tools, and the occasional flathead screw you will encounter

 

the pliers.. serve many functions.

i just use one philips, maybe one flat and pliers for shit that isnt suposed to work but has to


I spent $2500 on building my PC and all i do with it is play no games atm & watch anime at 1080p(finally)...

Builds:

The Toaster Project! Northern Bee!

 

The original LAN PC build log! (Old, dead and replaced by The Toaster Project & 5.0)

Spoiler

"Here is some advice that might have gotten lost somewhere along the way in your life. 

 

#1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

#2. It's best to keep your mouth shut; and appear to be stupid, rather than open it and remove all doubt.

#3. There is nothing "wrong" with being wrong. Learning from a mistake can be more valuable than not making one in the first place.

 

Follow these simple rules in life, and I promise you, things magically get easier. " - MageTank 31-10-2016

 

 

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